Lesbian Kid Suspended For Standing Up to Anti-Gay Bullying Sues

Posted by on March 3rd, 2013

A Florida high school student is alleging school officials violated her rights when they banned her from participating in an anti-bullying observance and then suspended her from school. In April of last year, DeSoto County school student Amber Hatcher, then 15, was making plans to participate in the National Day of Silence. The event is […]

Court to Missouri school district: stop censoring LGBT sites

Posted by on February 16th, 2012

2012-02-15 Windy City Times http://www.windycitymediagroup…..36212.html JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal district court ruled today that the Camdenton R-III School District must stop censoring web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through discriminatory filtering software. The ruling orders the district to not block content based on the viewpoints expressed by […]

Continuing King’s Legacy

Posted by on January 11th, 2012

Every year around this time, we hear the same soundbites from Martin Luther King’s poetic but relatively innocuous “I Have a Dream” speech. In some schools, textbooks include King’s more thought-provoking essay “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” but they usually censor the thought-provoking parts. What those in power are most eager to hide from young audiences […]

For Their Own Good: A Study of the Mass Theft of Sheep’s Clothing

Posted by on October 19th, 2011

When debating the more minor issues of youth rights, one is often faced with a question, such as “Why do you care?” One person quoted the issue of curfews as failing a hypothetical “so what” test. Much of the difficulty in debating this type of question is the assumption that any given issue is discrete […]

Youth Rights Is a Feminist Issue – Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

Posted by on September 13th, 2011

The degree to which the third (current) wave of feminism ignores youth rights issues has always boggled my mind. Historically, second wave feminist leaders like Shulamith Firestone made important contributions to youth rights theory and discussed the oppression of children as an important social fact like the oppression of women and African-Americans. Sadly, while third […]

Tracy Morgan, the Concept of Parental Ownership of Children, and the Intersection of Youth and LGBT Rights – Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

Posted by on June 15th, 2011

Recently, comedian Tracy Morgan has been receiving a lot of attention for a homophobic rant that took place during a live performance in Nashville, Tennessee. During this rant, audience members claim that Morgan stated that if he found out his son was gay he would stab him to death. Since this incident, a variety of […]

A New Minority

Posted by on April 11th, 2011

This excerpt is just a small section from many essays, articles, documents, and letters written on discrimination due to lack of age that one can find on the internet: Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of this country said that “Those who would sacrifice a little freedom for a little security will lose both and […]

Could it be? Is the Westboro Baptist Church attacking NYRA now?

Posted by on May 8th, 2010

I have no idea if this is legit, but today I noticed some stuff on Twitter that seems to be from a supporter of Fred Phelps and the hateful Westboro Baptist “Church”. Is it official? I have no idea, but this is what was said: # @kpalicz Stop teaching youth to hate God,to say it […]

Constance McMillen and the Cancelled Prom

Posted by on March 20th, 2010

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard the case of Constance McMillen, the high school student who, after being told she could not bring her girlfriend as her prom date nor wear a tuxedo, she got the ACLU involved and the school was forced not to ban her from the prom because of her sexual […]

Alex Koroknay-Palicz’s Op-Ed Appears in the HuffingtonPost

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010

When the new International Civil Rights Center and Museum recently opened their doors in Greensboro, NC they didn’t open them to everybody. NYRA’s executive director quickly realized what museum curators and planners could not — it’s wrong for a museum whose mission is to highlight the horrors of segregation to promote segregation. The museum believes […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.